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North Bay transportation projects receive new scrutiny

Two long-envisioned North Bay transportation projects are under renewed scrutiny as regional planners put together a new $200 billion spending plan. The two projects — widening the Novato Narrows and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit extensions to Cloverdale and Larkspur — will be evaluated on a series of criteria, including a cost-benefit analysis. What would you like to see in the plan?

Petaluma leaders want Caltrans to replace hundreds of trees

As many as 900 trees will be cut down to accommodate the Highway 101 widening project through Petaluma. The city’s tree committee wants the City Council to urge Caltrans to replace every tree or fund a tree bank to replenish the lost trees.

Year delay ahead for Sonoma-Marin commute train

Trains could be delayed a year or more on the Santa Rosa-San Rafael commute rail line and the cost is now estimated to be $45 million more than anticipated, transit officials said Friday.

Marin County board reaffirms $8 million allocation to SMART

Marin County’s transportation authority has reaffirmed an earlier decision to allocate $8 million to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district.

Marin OKs $8 million for SMART after last-minute vote switch

A key piece of funding for North Bay commute rail has been approved by Marin County transportation officials after Larkspur’s mayor made a last-minute decision to change her vote. On an 8-6 vote, the Transportation Authority of Marin approved providing $8 million to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district, closing the funding gap to build the first section of line between the two counties.

Sonoma County adds $3 million for SMART

Sonoma County transportation planners Monday approved an additional $3 million for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district, part of a regional plan meant to bridge the commute rail line’s last financial gap.

State mulling $45 million for Petaluma highway bridges

State transportation planners are recommending a $45 million allocation for rebuilding the Highway 101 bridges over the Petaluma River, a key part of the on-going freeway widening work through Sonoma and Marin counties.

Sonoma County asked to dig deeper for commute rail service

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority’s board of directors is being asked to chip in an additional $3 million to help get the first segment of a Sonoma-Marin commute rail line operating in three years. Marin’s transportation authority took up the issue Thursday without any indication from directors of how they stand.

Who should pay for SMART’s shortfall?

How should Sonoma, Marin and regional transportation agencies split the cost of filling a $21 million hole in the budget for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district? Sonoma and Marin officials are scheduled to discuss the issue this week. Sonoma officials want Marin to increase their contributions. “I think we will put in more money, but the heavy lifting has to be by Marin,” says Sonoma County supervisor Valerie Brown.

Santa Rosa’s Sixth Street crosstown link gets funding

Long-delayed plans to reconnect Sixth Street in Santa Rosa under Highway 101 may get a jump-start this summer, thanks to cost savings from widening work along the highway. The California Transportation Commission last week approved nearly $700,000 for the project, which is expected to cost about $1.5 million.

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